Droid Bionic Marks Motorola's Final Hurrah

 
on September 07 2011 8:28 PM

Motorola Mobility's highly anticipated Droid Bionic smartphone is finally coming after incessant delays, marking the final hurrah for the storied firm as an independent manufacturer.

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile provider, said it will start selling the phone on Friday, capping a year of several delays and broken promises.

The 4G phone introduces a host of groundbreaking applications and accessories that turn the device into a multimedia hub, a ruler of remote access and a purveyor of virtuality, the company said.

The Bionic is the first Verizon smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch HD display. It also features a host of connectivity options, including docks, keyboards, and video out.

The device will cost $299.99 to customers who opt for a two-year contract.

Software issues delayed the launch of the highly-anticipated phone in April, causing an customer frustration and defection, according to an IBTimes poll conducted at the time.

It also lost a market share as competitors moved forward with advanced phones to fill the void, with Samsung and HTC filling the gap.

The delayed phone, however, will be the last major device from the company before acquisition.

Motorola agreed last month to be bought by Google for $12.5 billion. The search giant has not indicated what it will do with the Motorola brand, and manufacturing arm, though it promised to keep its Android operating system open to all manufacturers.

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